Former Garda Commissioner Larry Wren’s coffin with the Tricolour, his commissioner’s hat, his portrait and spray of flowers, at his funeral at St Brigid’s Church in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Former Garda commissioner Larry Wren was remembered at his funeral yesterday as a person of love and charity. He was and a man of integrity who lived(...)

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

As thoughts turn towards the creation of a possible grand coalition between former Civil War enemies, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a number party member(...)

Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley and Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey: the circumstances were much more toxic in 1989, when the likely government-making option settled on the Fianna Fáil-PD negotiations.

The racing certainty now is a hung Dáil and, flowing from that, the emergence of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition as the most stable and ideologicall(...)

The murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996  shifted the Special Criminal Court’s focus on to organised crime. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The murders of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch snr have pitched the Special Criminal Court into the general election campaign. Minister for Justice Franc(...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

Limerick riverfront: The city cam top in a survey of 367 cities across nine countries. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

To the evident bemusement of local estate agents, Limerick has been declared the most affordable place to buy a home. In a survey of 367 cities acros(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, writing in 1985, said: “The content of that statement was grossly defamatory.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Current Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman threatened to sue government press secretary Peter Prendergast following a row over an RTÉ radio intervie(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)